Crane Basket Alternative in Windy Florida Alpha Platforms A-210 Boom Lift Cage with crew

Crane Basket Alternative in Windy Florida

Case Study:

210-ft boom lift's basket remains stable in winds 27+ mph in Florida.

What was the challenge?

A national telecom infrastructure management provider works daily on cell towers in Florida, with persistent high winds along the coast, especially around the hurricane season. These cell towers are typically tall and exceed the reach of self-propelled lifts. So, the company would place a technician in a lift cage who would collaborate with crane operators to install the tower equipment.

The company was upgrading another tower in the Tampa, FL area and wanted to improve its height access methods, as crane baskets have low productivity and are extremely dangerous in high winds, causing frequent injuries and cell tower damage.

Extreme cage swinging leads to low productivity due to no line of sight between the crane operator and the technician in the cage. Not to mention a frightening experience in the crane cage, requiring very skilled and brave labor, high risks, and significant insurance costs.

In addition, per OSHA 1926.1431, “if safer means of height access are available, it is illegal to hoist personnel using crane baskets.”

What was the solution?

Boom Lifts in Florida Soar up to 300 ft, Stable and Wind-Resistant in 27+ mph Winds
After Alpha Platforms expanded coverage to Florida, an alternative method became available and the client decided to try it just a couple of blocks from the ocean at a very windy job site, even in calm weather. Alpha Platforms dispatched its A-210 aerial work platform, capable of reaching 210 ft in height and 133 ft in side reach.
This lift model is particularly well-suited for telecom tower work as it can easily swivel around the tower thanks to its extra-long upper boom and jib of 60 ft.
The A-210 is equipped with an external cage Power Lift System™ that can lift 1,322 lbs in its 12-ft-wide basket, comfortably fitting two technicians, our full-time lift operator, 2-3 fully-assembled antennas, tools, equipment, or an entire naked sector.
Alpha’s A-series’ wind stability tops all other height access methods: it can work in 27 mph winds with gusts up to 36 mph. Telecom personnel pointed out that they have never experienced a similar sturdy cage feeling and were impressed by the unprecedented smoothness of the lift operation: it does not shake, rattle, or swing.
Unlike crane companies, which typically start charging clients the moment a crane leaves the depot, Alpha Platforms only bills clients from the time the boom lift arrives at the site, so the boom lift commute is on us! Also, unlike with cranes, our lift doesn’t require a lift plan or “bird cage” test day. Our lift arrives at the job site and is ready to work within 15 minutes! Huge savings!
The specs of our state-of-the-art A-210 lift:

What was the outcome?

In just two weeks (12 working days), the client crew was able to open the pole, remove 8 old antennas and all old cabling, install 8 new antennas, and set up and connect all cables. They turned on the signal, closed the pole, and fully activated the site.

The workers never experienced anything like the A-210 and were very impressed with the equipment’s quality, lifting/hoisting capabilities, and stability in windy weather.

Our precise German-made lifts have become the height access method of choice for those who try them, as they combine unmatched productivity, safety, and reach.
Notable 210 Foot Boom Lift Capabilities
  • 12-foot extra large cage
  • 1,322 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
  • Side reach up to 133 feet
  • Unique "under and up" or "up and over and back" access
  • Jib length 49’2’’
  • Parking in tight spaces 8’2’’ wide
  • Cage rotation 2 x 200°
  • Smooth controlled motions to move close to and around glass and fragile structures

Customer Testimonials
from Case Studies

Carlos Honorio Jr.
Honorio Designs

Great experience! First time on the 300 foot boom for a Local Law Facade Inspection. Vadim, the operator, was in complete control of the equipment and made the whole process smooth. Flagmen secured the area below and allowed my Client to operate their hotel without any disturbance. Honorio Designs Architecture, PLLC

Brian Rosado Hernández
The Telecom Company Foreman

Excellent service, arriving on time every day, responsible with the load limit, very attentive to the lubrication and controls of the crane.

Thomas Inciarte
Telecom Company Representative

Excellent team working with us, always willing to do anything for the best

The Signage Company Owner

It was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top-notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From the first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. We will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects. Thank you for your help!

Ryan Hughes

I had an emergency project on a 140' high voltage tower and needed Alpha Platforms next day. They were so helpful and expedient walking me through the entire process so I was comfortable with the deal. They showed up to my site next day and cut about 2 days off of the project due to the safety, speed and efficiency of their lift and operators. I'll never rent or hire another lift company. I would recommend Alpha platforms for all your high reach needs.

Liz Jones

Jon told me that it was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. City Sign Service, Inc. will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects.

Justin N.

That is a fine piece of equipment! And the competent, professional group that goes along with it is just the cherry on top. I really appreciate everything. I'm sure we'll be able to use Alpha again in the future as we get these opportunities. In fact, it will only help our business knowing we have a safe, reliable solution to these over 50‘ height challenges.

Byron Nivelo

We had an exceptional experience with Alpha! They are professionals, great operator team. Overall reliable, recommended will certainly return for my future needs hands down.

Nick Muhlon

My company used alpha lifts to clean a 14 floor building and they were great. Very accommodating, always on time, and will work with you to get the job done safe and sound. The lifts they provide are state of the art and can pretty much reach any low rise building under 250 feet. I’d recommend them to anyone doing window cleaning or facade cleaning, or anything king of height access work!

Mike P.
Building restoration services family business owner

We wanted to give it a try and see what this boom truck could do. We loved the idea of a wide basket that could reach up to 30 feet and get to the brick wall over the roof. The main reason we loved the truck was how it maneuvered the boom to lower the bricks inside a dumpster, which was located behind the truck. It saved us at least one extra day of work. It all went great.

Jason A.
Director of operations, family-owned regional electrical services provider

Alpha has the most efficient and leanest site setup time I’ve ever seen. My brother, who is the top climber of our group, first struggled to understand how this cage could go around the tower better than the crane - and when it did the whole 360°, he became a believer. Also, each laborer said how incredibly safe they felt - very different from the small crane basket. We were able to secure and push back the panels in place without the basket ever moving.

Joseph A.
Head stone mason, national cathedral

The project was performed successfully, and we were really glad to have contactless means of reaching the building, as we all know that pipe scaffold might damage the structure, in this case, very very sensitive.

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